Designing Knitting Patterns
Knitters spend hours searching for the perfect pattern, and often they cannot find one that matches the vision they have in their head. Before you know it, people who knit as a hobby turn into knitting designers as they strive to create the perfect knit item.
I started designing my own knitting projects by accident. I was knitting a bunch of small little patterns, when suddenly I had an idea how I could modify shapes to create something completely new. These first few "accidental" design projects led me to the library where I searched for all of the books on knitting design that I could lay my hands on. I hope that these recommendations will help you as you start designing your own knitting patterns!
Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design: Working from a Master Pattern to Fashion Your Own Knits
Sweater Design in Plain English
Knitting design books can work for you even if you aren't ready to start designing your own patterns yet. These are excelled resources for adapting existing knitting to fit your needs, or even just adjusting the pattern so you can get a better fit.
Knitwear Design Workshop: The Comprehensive Guide to Handknits
ChemKnits Discusses Knitting Design
When blogging about knitting, I try to share the process with my readers. The same can be said for my design process, especially when the design in question is complex.
- The Design of the 14 Cable Hat
In the title image, I show the taping together of a number of cables that I used when I was trying to design the order of these cables for my favorite hat.
- 10 Hour Remnant Afghan Time Log
This pattern itself was simple, but as I knit I learned how much yarn I would need to complete the project.
The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Desig
Design Your Own Knits in 5 Easy Steps
Design your own knitting charts - A tutorial by ChemKnits
The following links will bring you to a tutorial I made on how to use Microsoft Excel to create your own knitting charts. (Alternatively, you can use paper graph paper and colored pencils!)
- How to Make a Knitting Chart in Excel Part 1: Setting up the Chart
Part 1 of this tutorial tells you how you can turn an excel spreadsheet into graph paper you can use to design digital knitting charts.
- How to Make a Knitting Chart in Excel Part 2: Drawing Your Chart
Now that you have the graph paper, you are ready to start designing the chart.
- How to Make a Knitting Chart in Excel Part 3: How to save and share your chart
Want to post your newly made knitting chart on your blog? Find out how here!
Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns
How to Use, Adapt, and Design Knitting Patterns: How to knit exactly what you want, every time—with confidence!
Knitting Design Software
My laptop is an essential component to my knitting design process. I need to type my patterns up so I can share them online, but it also helps me keep track of my ideas and progress through the pattern. There is some software available that can help you organize your design ideas, or you can download some free knitting fonts to use in the word processing software that you already own.
Have you ever designed anything?
ScentsWithBling on January 20, 2014:
Great lens! I have always wanted to learn to design and now I might actually give it a try!
Jenn Dixon from PA on November 04, 2013:
Yeah, I've done simple things. I might start working on a legwarmer pattern soon, too.
ScentsWithBling on July 26, 2013:
I have never designed anything but have wanted to learn. Thanks for a great lens
anonymous on June 16, 2013:
anonymous on October 14, 2012:
Try www. picstoknits .co .uk which is a free website that allows you to upload any image and generate a knitting pattern. It has features such as cropping the image, colour reduction and changing the colours used. Highly recommended and totally free!
Annette_corie on July 01, 2012:
You can find scarf knitting patterns online, often at yarn manufacturers websites. It makes sense that they would develop patterns to help sell their yarn, but you don't need to buy their yarns to download the patterns.
whiteflowerneedle on June 16, 2012:
Very helpful and great resources! I have featured your lens in my knitting videos lenses.
DARdreams on April 26, 2012:
I love designing my own garments rather than following a pattern. I like to browse through patterns and stores for inspiration, then knit, crochet, sew, etc, my own unique creation. Thanks for more inspiration!
Blackspaniel1 on February 10, 2012:
Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on January 30, 2012:
I like designing my own patterns. You have giving a lot of books here that a knitter can find the pattern that they want. I have just completed a laprobe where I have used a lot of my 'ends' of wool. It is really colorful and pretty. She will love it, I am sure!
I have liked this lens and blessed it for a Squidoo quest I was sent on.
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 30, 2012:
Nice lens. Yes i do a lot of designing with knitting patterns to suit the person I am knitting for. Thanks for sharing.
anonymous on August 08, 2011:
Have you seen http://knittingpatterns.is . There you can design your dream sweater.
franstan lm on July 31, 2011:
Glad I found this lens
HelanaRirosknee on July 28, 2011:
Yes, I think that stitch dictionaries are helpful in creating new designs. You can take a pattern, and create a simple cowl. No fuss, no worries.
ChemKnitsBlog2 (author) on April 20, 2011:
@bikerministry: I wish you the best of luck with your knitting designs!
bikerministry on April 13, 2011:
I've designed several bags, computer sleeves and e-book sleeves, and I've knit sweaters and baby items from patterns, but I've never successfully made a clothing item for myself because I'm not a "typical" size and don't know how to make the adjustments. I joined TKGA to learn to knit, and signed up for their course and cannot get past the first stage of making swatches good enough to pass the first test.
I may just stick to knit and felt bags. I'll be following your site and hope to have more questions and to push myself to learn more.
JeremiahStanghini on March 29, 2011:
Wow... designing my own knitting pattern... Sounds like a hoot! :-)
With Love and Gratitude,
Greenwickpress on March 25, 2011:
I haven't designed any knitted stuff because it just seemed too complicated to me. I haven't even learned most of the terminology used with knitting yet. Thanks for the great resources!
tiff0315 on March 22, 2011:
Nope....but great lens! As usual ;)
justholidays on January 30, 2011:
I did design my knitting patterns when I was younger, but it's been 20+ years that I didn't knit anything.